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Project Title:

Astro2010 Panel on Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground
PIN: BPAX-L-07-03-G        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: DEPS Board on Physics & Astronomy
DEPS Space Studies Board

RSO: Moloney, Michael

Subject/Focus Area:


Project Scope
The Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010 Program Prioritization Panel on Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground (OIR) will identify and recommend a prioritized program of federal investment in research activities that involve observations of astrophysical phenomena primarily by means of optical and infrared measurements from the ground. In formulating its conclusions, the OIR panel will draw on several sources of information: (1) the science forefronts identified by the Astro2010 science frontiers panels, (2) input from the proponents of research activities, and (3) independent cost and technical readiness assessments. The OIR panel's recommendations will be integrated into a program for all of astronomy and astrophysics by the Astro2010 Committee.

In particular, the Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010 Program Prioritization Panel on Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground will:

1. Report on the status of existing OIR research activities from the ground to set the context for future research activities, incorporating findings of the Study Groups.
2. Preview and compare proposed OIR research activities from the ground including those carried forward from previous surveys that have not been given a formal construction start.
3. State the relative importance of (a) smaller projects and generic research programs that involve competitive peer review and (b) programs that leverage public and private infrastructure investments, where appropriate.
4. Assess and describe best available estimates of the construction costs and lifetimes for each recommended research activity together with their full running costs (operations, science, and upgrades).
5. Identify particular risks for each research activity that would adversely affect the projected cost, technical readiness, or schedule of the activity. Identify those factors that could change an activity's priority and/or scope.
6. Informed by (a) the recommendations of the science frontier panels and (b) the panel's own research activity assessments, recommend a prioritized, balanced, and integrated OIR research program which includes a rank ordering of research activities and a balanced technology development program. A preliminary recommended program will be used to identify activities that will be subject to an independent technical evaluation and cost estimate. The panel's final recommendation to the Survey Committee will include consideration of the results of the independent technical evaluation and cost estimate.

The project is sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy.
The approximate start date for the project is June 2008
The report of the panel will be issued after the main project report is issued in mid-2010.


 
Project Duration: 15 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

Meetings
 Meeting 1 - 05/06/2009
 Meeting 2 - 05/11/2009
 Meeting 3 - 06/08/2009
 Meeting 4 - 08/25/2009

Reports

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Panel Reports--New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics